GCFI Conference

From November 5 – 9 I attended the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference in San Andrés, Colombia. I presented both a poster and a talk summarizing our study of how Sargassum is affecting hawksbill nesting ecology in Antigua. There was a full Sargassum session of presentations at the conference, which was a great opportunity to get more exposure to the issue and ongoing/future research. My takeaways: the issue is massive, is not going away, and while some are starting to build capacity to adapt to it – we are way behind in terms of quantifying its ecological impacts. Checkout a GCFI Sargassum press release distributed after the conference HERE.

Andrew Maurer

I am a PhD Candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at NC State. My PhD research focuses on hawksbill sea turtle nesting in Antigua & Barbuda. Contact me at asmaurer@ncsu.edu.